Twins overtake Tigers 4-2 behind strong start from Berrios

Robbie Grossman is out on a sac fly, but Eddie Rosario fakes out the Tigers and takes off for home, scoring the go-ahead run in the 8th. (0:33)

While Jose Berrios struggled through a four-start stretch that began in mid-April, the Minnesota Twins were reeling for most of that time.

His last two turns have been masterpieces, and maybe the injury-affected Twins have found a groove again.

“You look at the depth at the outside linebacker position, and it’s not that great,” Matthews said, via Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s not a slight to the guys who are behind Nick and myself, but you look around the league, a lot of times they’re rotating in pass rushers. You can look a couple years ago when we had Mike Neal and Julius [Peppers] here, Datone [Jones] as well. We had a pretty good rotation.”

Neal, Peppers and Jones have combined for 183.5 sacks in more than 25 seasons. Peppers and Jones remain in the league.

The Packers’ draft was heavy on the defensive side. They spent a first-round choice on cornerback Jaire Alexander, a second-rounder on cornerback Josh Jackson, a third-rounder on inside linebacker Oren Burks, a seventh-rounder on defensive lineman James Looney and a seventh-rounder on outside linebacker Kendall Donnerson.

I’ll use the same prorated quantitative methodology from the Leicester article and mix it with some qualitative common sense to find the most unlikely finalists in each league going back through 1970. Given that we’re not going to see any expansion teams, we’re looking for organizations that seemed hopeless for years before suddenly making their way into the postseason. Do any of them match up to the Blues of 1967-68 or this season’s Knights? And are we seeing more surprises now than we have in years past?

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